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Tom Davis Statement re: Sanford and SLED Findings

July 3, 2009


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Sherri Zedd
District Director – Senator Tom Davis

Statement by Tom Davis re: Governor Mark Sanford

Over the past two weeks, South Carolinians have been disappointed, angry and embarrassed by the actions of Gov. Mark Sanford. I share these emotions. We cannot control the unfortunate circumstances that got us to this place, but we can and must control how we now move past them.

I have been Gov. Sanford’s friend for 30 years and the First Lady’s friend during their 20 years of marriage. God willing, we will remain friends for the next 30 years. I have not hidden my concern for Gov. Sanford and the First Lady or my support for them as they try to move forward together.

This is why as a friend, I asked Gov. Sanford on several occasions to consider resigning for the sake of his marriage and his family.

Gov. Sanford told me that discharging the duties of his office would not prevent him from working on that reconciliation, and the First Lady told me the same thing. I am not going to second-guess them in that personal matter.

As a state senator with responsibilities to my constituents, I met yesterday with SLED Chief Reggie Lloyd and Attorney General Henry McMaster to determine whether Gov. Sanford had violated any statutory or constitutional obligations. Both have assured me that Gov. Sanford did not break any laws and that he did not spend public dollars in this process.

Accordingly, unless any new facts are disclosed, I think it is time for me and other public officials to get back to work on the serious challenges facing our state.

That said, and as Gov. Sanford knows, he has no margin for further error in this particular matter. South Carolina simply cannot afford any additional embarrassment.


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  1. Sharon permalink
    July 6, 2009 9:45 am

    I agree 100% with Tom Davis. Gov. Sanford is a great governor and this is why we supported him and will continue to support him in his role as governor. We feel Sanford has the best interest of South Carolina at heart and will continue to work for a better SC for our citizens. While I pray that his personal problems are resolved and his family left in peace, I feel that it’s time for him to get back to state business as usual and be as tough and courageous as he was prior to the events that had all of us a bit unsteady for a time.

    And, yes, at this point, we still feel he is the best out there for our party in 2012!

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